The Parisian restaurant scene is booming. And what is particularly pleasant is that discoveries are still possible, even for restaurants that have been open for a bit to a while
Kinugawa was one of the oldest Japanese restaurants of Paris. It is now clearly also the best one. And there, I don't know where to start. The decor has been entirely redone by Gilles & Boissier, at the request of the new French owners - nice info conveyed by the Figaro a few weeks ago, the new owners are French; I would add they are very experienced in Japanese-flavoured cuisine, being also the ones at the helm of the two delicious Orient-Extreme (rue du Dragon, 6ème and rue Bayard, 8ème)
The menu is impeccable and its execution the same: if you are - like me - lost or overwhelmed by the wealth of choice, try the Kinugawa menu. 6 small-ish plates including succulent yellowtail carpaccio, beef tartare with a twist, flawless black cod - and don't miss the wine list. The Giscours we got was at the perfect temperature. And this is SO rare, that it must be noted. As some of you would know, I have been fighting for months (years?) with the chefs de cave at some Paris-based 5 stars to get the wine and chamapgne temperature respected
And the crowd. Of course, most of us don't go to restaurants for the crowd (oh really?). But if you do, even occasionally, this is incredible for people watching. Last lunch I attended there, I came across, in no particular order: a famous jewel designer that has recently moved to Place Vendome - who is said to be a regular, the head of the French branch of a large US bank, a nice and fun journalist who had ses heures de gloire, the CEO of a CAC40 company, and lots of babes with lots of shopping bags
Kinugawa, on vous dit. What else?
9 rue du Mont-Thabor, Paris 1er
+33 142 60 65 07